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|FIRST ON WGIL: Sheley Wants to Represent Himself Again in Alleged Jailhouse Assault
|POSTED 2:30pm, UPDATED 3:03pm 9/8/09 An accused spree killer who previously wished to represent himself during his murder trial, once again wishes to represent himself in his alleged jailhouse assault.
During a pre-trial conference Monday, Sheley asked Knox County Judge Stephen Mathers, if he could address the court. Mathers told him he could speak to the court only on matters that pertain to the motion hearing that was being conducted.
Sheley read from a prepared statement, saying that he no longer wished to receive court appointed assistance. He says he intends to file supplemental motions including an order for an evidentiary hearing to represent himself or seek private counsel. Sheley told the court he was always ready for his trial and that he was opposed to the continuances that have been granted and that he is ready to proceed.
Mathers said Sheley's defense counsel led by Jim Harrell filed the motion to extend the discovery period and that's why the hearing was being held. The judge denied the extension of the discovery period for what he called a lack of sufficient explanation of why it needed to be extended. He says it has been nearly two months since a deadline had passed and that things need to be taken care of.
Mathers did tell Sheley that he could write a letter to the judge citing specific reasons that could allow for more time before the assault case is scheduled for trial on September 21st.
He allegedly assaulted a number of jail employees in mid-April, and is currently being held in the Knox County Jail while he also awaits trial for his 17 felony murder and other charges in connection to the death of 65-year old Ronald Randall.
Sheley told the court he doesn't feel his case is being handled appropriately by his counsel and says he will have to do the time for the mistakes made by Harrell.
(Nicholas Sheley. WGIL News File Photo.)
|09 09 09 by Newsroom
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